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#51 Post by swingo » Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:57 pm

There's a cover on the 14 spine but nothing happens when I click on it...

does anyone know which one it'll be?

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#52 Post by What A Disgrace » Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:42 am

swingo wrote:There's a cover on the 14 spine but nothing happens when I click on it...

does anyone know which one it'll be?

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HINT: Kuroneko.

There's also coverart for The Naked Island and The Idiot.

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#53 Post by zedz » Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:47 am

FilmFanSea wrote:Suggestions:

Jean Grémillon: Gueule d'amour/Lady Killer (1937) & Lumière d'été (1943)

Sacha Guitry: Le Roman d'un tricheur/The Story of a Cheat (1936) & Les Perles de la couronne/The Pearls of the Crown (1937)

Kon Ichikawa: Biruma no tategoto/The Burmese Harp (1956), Nobi/Fires on the Plain (1959), & Yukinojo henge/An Actor's Revenge (1963)

Shohei Imamura: Nippon konchuki/The Insect Woman (1963) & Narayama bushiko/Ballad of Narayama (1983)

Ernst Johansen: Du er ikke alene/You Are Not Alone (1978)

Teinosuke Kinugasa: Kurutta Ippeji/A Page of Madness (1926)

Dmitri Kirsanoff: Ménilmontant (1924)

Masaki Kobayashi: Seppuku/Harakiri (1962)

Marcel L'Herbier: L’Argent (1929)

Erik Løchen: Jakten/The Chasers (1959)

Yasuzo Masumura: Tsuma wa kokuhaku suru/A Wife Confesses (1961) & Akai tenshi/Red Angel (1966)

Mikio Naruse: Okasan/Mother (1952) & Ukigumo /Floating Clouds (1955)

Nagisa Oshima: Koshikei/Death by Hanging (1968) & Gishiki/The Ceremony (1971)

Slobodan Sijan: Maratonci trce pocasni krug/The Marathon Family (1982)

Aleksandr Sokurov: Dni zatmeniya/The Days of Eclipse (1988) & Kamen/The Stone (1992)

Seijun Suzuki: Tsigoineruwaizen/Zigeunerweisen (1980)

Dziga Vertov: Shestaya chast mira/The Sixth Part of the World (1926)

Edward Yang: Qingmei Zhuma/Taipei Story (1985), Guling jie shaonian sha ren shijian/A Brighter Summer Day (1991), & Mahjong (1996)
You have excellent taste! I'd second just about all of these, especially the Yangs - it's a scandal that this filmmaker's works aren't available - though I'd definitely add The Terroriser (the greatest film of the 80s?). I'd also like to see more 60s Oshima, and plenty of Jancso.

There are lots of weird and wonderful Czech films from the 60s that deserve some attention: anything by Schorm, Menzel's Larks on a String; Kachnya's The Ear. I've always wanted to see Jakubisko's The Deserter and the Nomads and would love to see Juraj Herz's unhinged, hallucinatory The Cremator again.

There's also a wonderful store of Swedish silent cinema largely unavailable. The sophistication of Stiller and Sjostrom's films of the early twenties is breathtaking, and this is most apparent in their comedies rather than in the more celebrated films like Sir Arne's Treasure or The Phantom Carriage, but I'd be happy to see anything by them!

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#54 Post by Lino » Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:32 am

Nagisa Oshima's In the Realm of Passion would be a fantastic addition to the series. Not to mention that it contains what is probably my favorite Toru Takemitsu score. Here's my choice of cover art:

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And it's a real shame that In the Realm of the Senses is already out in the UK because it would make an excellent double-bill.

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#55 Post by reaky » Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:22 pm

Let me second Casper's suggestion of Powell & Pressburger's Spy In Black and Contraband - do these belong to Carlton? A dream would be to have Kevin MacDonald do a commentary. His book on Pressburger is outstanding.

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#56 Post by Lino » Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:02 pm

A couple more (yeah, I know...too much time on my hands...)

* Masahiro Shinoda's Banished Orin (with a Toru Takemitsu score to die for!)

* Masaki Kobayashi's Kaseki (aka Fossil)

* Visconti's White Nights (since Francesco is your only italian title in the series yet, this would make a wonderful addition)

* Bergman's Face to Face and The Touch (both conspicuously absent on DVD)

and two more things: if you had the choice of choosing an Ozu title, which would it be - a silent, a talkie or a colour one?

And lastly: Wampyr should be MoC # 1!!!

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#57 Post by Lino » Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:07 pm

Well, I might as well speculate a little bit...here goes: since we know that we are getting 3 Kaneto Shindos in the Summer, I predict that we will get a third Kurosawa as well! Watcha think, guys?

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#58 Post by Pinback » Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:46 pm

Annie Mall wrote:Well, I might as well speculate a little bit...here goes: since we know that we are getting 3 Kaneto Shindos in the Summer, I predict that we will get a third Kurosawa as well! Watcha think, guys?
I think they would have saved #17 for a Kurosawa if they were going to do another one. They seem to like bunching the films of one director together by spine number as much as possible. Also, I'm not sure what Kurosawa is actually left for R2 release following the BFI's slate for 2005. I'm hoping that at least #18 (maybe #19 too) is going to be another Imamura film...

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#59 Post by Pinback » Wed Mar 02, 2005 3:04 pm

Annie Mall wrote:if you had the choice of choosing an Ozu title, which would it be - a silent, a talkie or a colour one?
An Autumn Afternoon. A late colour film. It's crying out for a DVD release, and I'm not sure when Criterion will get round to it.

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#60 Post by FilmFanSea » Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:50 pm

Annie Mall wrote:and two more things: if you had the choice of choosing an Ozu title, which would it be - a silent, a talkie or a colour one?
I would much rather see Eureka/MOC (if they have the opportunity) concentrate on Ozu's films before 1948 (i.e., before Late Spring). There is such a wealth of riches in those films waiting to be discovered ... yet they risk being overlooked in favor of the better-known "late" films (which are wonderful in their own right). I would be ecstatic to see an MOC release of any or all of the following:

That Night's Wife (1930)*
Tokyo Chorus (1931)*
Passing Fancy (1933)*
Woman of Tokyo (1933)*
What Did the Lady Forget? (1937)
There was a Father (1942)
Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947) EDIT: Being released by Tartan in May.

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#61 Post by Pinback » Wed Mar 02, 2005 6:11 pm

FilmFanSea wrote:I would much rather see Eureka/MOC (if they have the opportunity) concentrate on Ozu's films before 1948 (i.e., before Late Spring). I would be ecstatic to see an MOC release of any or all of the following:
Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947)
Record of a Tenement Gentleman is actually getting a UK release, as part of Tartan's Ozu Collection, Volume 2 box set. It's out at the end of May.

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#62 Post by solaris72 » Wed Mar 02, 2005 7:09 pm

1. Sanatorium pod klepsydra/The Hour-Glass Sanatorium (Wojciech Has, 1973).
2. I'll see FilmFanSea's Dni zatmeniya/Days of Eclipse + Kamen/The Stone and raise him Tikhiye stranitsy/Whispering Pages and Krug vtoroy/The Second Circle.
3. A Midsummer Night's Dream (Jiri Trnka, 1959)
4. Konec srpna v Hotelu Ozon/The End of August at the Hotel Ozone (Jan Schmidt, 1967)
5. Jigokumon/Gate of Hell (Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1953).
and, most unlikely, but I can dream:
6. Ikarie XB-1 (Jindrich Polák, 1963)

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#63 Post by FilmFanSea » Wed Mar 02, 2005 9:24 pm

Pinback wrote:Record of a Tenement Gentleman is actually getting a UK release, as part of Tartan's Ozu Collection, Volume 2 box set. It's out at the end of May.
Thanks, Pinback. I had totally forgotten about that release (I hope to god Box 2 shows a substantial improvement over the missed opportunities of Box 1).

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#64 Post by Lino » Thu Mar 03, 2005 4:29 am

solaris72 wrote: 3. A Midsummer Night's Dream (Jiri Trnka, 1959)
Wow! I'm surprised this came up in this forum! This is absolutely one of the most beautiful and artistic films I've ever had the pleasure to see and although I have the japanese DVD (with no english subs), I would love to see it added to the series!

Jiri Trnka although an animator is indeed a Master of Cinema!

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#65 Post by Lino » Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:56 am

Pinback wrote: I'm hoping that at least #18 (maybe #19 too) is going to be another Imamura film...
...like for instance, Ballad of Narayama...

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...and Insect Woman?

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#66 Post by swingo » Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:50 am

Me woulda lovesa see Narayama Bushiko


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#67 Post by davida2 » Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:27 pm

Apart from the Apu trilogy, which has been released in the UK and US, he's unforgivable neglected.

Mrinal Sen and Ritwik Ghatak right along with him ...

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#68 Post by Pinback » Mon Mar 07, 2005 2:50 pm

Newly-added to the MoC site:
After a short delay of one month, the two Hiroshi Teshigahara films Pitfall (1962) and The Face of Another (1966) will be released on March 21st.

Although it's not even Spring yet, the Teshigahara releases mark the start of what is to be A Japanese Summer for The Masters of Cinema Series. Throughout Summer 2005 we will release twelve classics of 20th Century Japanese cinema. This release schedule, featuring films made between 1937-1979, includes major works by Shohei Imamura, Keisuke Kinoshita, Akira Kurosawa, Kaneto Shindo, Masahiro Shinoda, Hiroshi Teshigahara and Sadao Yamanaka.

With new transfers of the best materials available; newly expanded English subtitle translations; booklets containing new and reprinted essays from some of the world's foremost Japanese film scholars; video introductions and full-length commentaries on selected titles; many of these internationally acclaimed films are released here for the first time on home video in the UK.

Please click through to the new catalogue entries below for full details of the June and July titles.
twelve classics of 20th Century Japanese cinema
I count eight so far. Plus, at least one each from Masahiro Shinoda and Keisuke Kinoshita. Speculate away...

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#69 Post by Pinback » Mon Mar 07, 2005 2:56 pm

I guess that A Japanese Tragedy and Twenty-Four Eyes are the obvious Kinoshita films...both of which I'm dying to see.
The Digital McGuffin wrote:Well, for peerpee's amusement, I'll speculate that we'll see a MoC release of Shinoda's Pale Flower seeing as Eureka have been promoting the Wild Japan Festival that is screening it, and Onibaba (one of the other festival titles) already being on the cards.
There's no reason that Pale Flower won't be the Shinoda film referred to...

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#70 Post by Steven H » Mon Mar 07, 2005 3:05 pm

I assume Tartan has the rights to all the later Ozu films, but what of Hiroshi Shimizu (films restored a couple years ago to great critical acclaim)? Or Page of Madness? I'm definitely not complaining, I'll surely be buying every Japanese release they can throw out (same for Criterion, though serendipitously I kept putting off buying Onibaba because I'd seen a friend of mine's copy a few times already)... but still. It's impossible to find Shimizu films subtitled, and my copy of Page of Madness is pure trash.

Maybe someday, hm? I suppose I'm counting all of these chickens prematurely.

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#71 Post by peerpee » Mon Mar 07, 2005 3:09 pm

Don't count your chickens. More in 2006.

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Pinback, I make it 9 so far, not 8.

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#72 Post by Pinback » Mon Mar 07, 2005 3:15 pm

peerpee wrote:Don't count your chickens. More in 2006.
Excellent news.
peerpee wrote:Pinback, I make it 9 so far, not 8.
Umm...yes, well, ummm. It's been a very long day. And I somehow forgot to count Onibaba. :oops:

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#73 Post by Steven H » Mon Mar 07, 2005 5:41 pm

peerpee wrote:Don't count your chickens. More in 2006.
My hope in mankind swells. Now I can just relax and look forward to a summer of great releases. Speaking of great Japanese films, I just recieved some Matsumoto today and plan on watching Dogra Magra at some point (flipped through a couple chapters and it looks amazing). Thanks for the recommendation (re: MoC Overlooked).
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#74 Post by What A Disgrace » Tue Mar 08, 2005 1:09 am

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Iranian cinema. I'd love to see Amir Naderi's The Runner (1985), and Dariush Mehrjui's The Cycle (1978)...or even The Cow (1969), Hamoun (1990) or Leila (1996), which are already on DVD in R1, though not in any stupendous quality.

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#75 Post by ptmd » Tue Mar 08, 2005 3:08 am

To FilmFanSea's wonderful list (especially the Yangs, Masumuras, Sokurovs, and the silents), I would like to add the following:

Hou Hsiao-hsien: City of Sadness (1989) and Daughter of the Nile (1987). We could also really use a better DVD of Hou's masterpiece, The Puppetmaster (1993).

Tian Zhuangzhuang: Horse Thief (1985)

Kenji Mizoguchi: Taki no Shiraito (1933), Osaka Elegy (1936), Story of the Late Chrysanthemum (1939), and Utamaro and His Five Women (1946) [ I am confident the major 50s films will come from Criterion soon enough]

Alain Resnais: Muriel (1963) and Providence (1975)

Jacques Rivette: La Religieuse (1966), L'amour Fou (1968), Out 1 (1970 [and yes, I know this will never happen], Le Pont du Nord (1981)

Louis Feuillade: Tih Minh (1918)

Chantal Akerman: Jeanne Dielman (1975)

Jean-luc Godard: Passion (1982)

Andre Techine: Thieves (1996)

Jean Renoir: Nana (1926)

F.W. Murnau: Phantom (1922, and a restored German print is available) and City Girl (1931)

Orson Welles: Chimes at Midnight (1966)

Nicholas Ray: Johnny Guitar (1954) and Bigger than Life (1956)

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